Concerts, conferences, cinema and much more.
From 05 to 27 November 2015
Location: Auditorium, The Events Room
In this edition, aesthetic diversity is the non-exclusive protagonist of our programme.
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If jazz, in its most exacting sense, is gaining ground among us, it is in good measure due to the persevering work of initiatives such as this one, which has been established here at Conde Duque since last year. In this edition, aesthetic diversity is the non-exclusive protagonist of a programme that starts with a concert of adventurous music by the group belonging to Cameroonian singer and bass player Richard Bona, and ends —finishing up the month of November— with the debut appearance by British crooner Anthony Strong, presenting his new album “On a Clear Day”.
A sequel to that wonderful project entitled Scolohofo, featuring John Scofield and Joe Lovano; the recovery of names that are now historical in the genre; and a detailed overview of some of the most innovative ideas being produced in jazz across Europe and the United States at the moment – these make up just another small sample of the numerous delights reserved for fans at this season of concerts, which is run, as usual, with a programme of parallel activities relating to the interaction between jazz and other aesthetics such as film and television.
The human voice, which – through blues, spiritual and work songs – came to the Afro-American genre long before it was christened jazz, also boasts its own section. This will be left up to, among others, the elegant Kurt Elling and the versatile Pedro Ruy-Blas: two vocalists with different moods and intentions, whose fluent arguments continue to open rich roads into vocal jazz. And the same can be said for the aforementioned Anthony Strong, who doubles on the piano like his countryman and colleague Jamie Cullum. On this occasion, and we can’t say it wasn’t planned, the men are the ones in charge of this vocals section: an area usually inhabited by women, but the lineup has a privileged place set aside for them on the piano, double bass, percussion, guitar and even the instrumental density of an orchestra.
The latter is the case of the amazing Maria Schneider who – abandoned to the spacious phrasing of her wonderful pieces, dedicated to the mastery of the instruments in her orchestra – is presenting her album at this event. The guitar, as a resource for expression, finds a worthy defender in the free improviser Mary Halvorson, a member of the Marc Ribot Quartet, while the piano is played splendidly by veteran artist Rita Martotulli. Plus, turning rhythm into an explosion of joy and intelligence, percussion – at the heart of the latter’s group – is the responsibility of Marilyn Mazur, an old ally in Miles Davis’ last bands. And there is still room for the inventiveness of drummer Lucía Martínez, accompanied by the free improviser Agustí Fernández; and for the double bass player Esperanza Spalding, always ready to bring lots of variety to any direction she may take. On her passage through JAZZMADRID, we will hear her presenting her most recent album, “Emily’s D+Evolution”.
In any case, justification for these large events is found in the measure that the lineup includes creators who are currently establishing themselves and who would otherwise find it difficult to access the circuits. Therefore, several groups from youth talent contests, and from music conservatories and schools – Big Band Música Creativa, Club Reserva 1925 Jazz Band and, lastly, Amaniel Big Band – are once more part of the programme, with a geographical layout that has again been extended thanks to the collaboration of the La Noche en Vivo association. The idea is as simple as it is effective: it just involves uniting efforts, bringing the best of each venue and each club in Madrid to the programme.
At an event that also declares itself strictly modern, we can’t forget advanced jazz and, therefore, names on the bill include saxophonist-clarinet player Louis Sclavis; the trio belonging to Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski; the aforementioned guitar player Marc Ribot fronting the quartet accompanied by a string section; the duo formed by singer and composer Elisabetta Antonini and harpist Marcella Carboni; and, even, that specific form of aesthetic penetration which – in the search for alternative focuses between swing and the varied acoustic geography of world music – finds a raison d’être in the music of Lebanese lute player Rabih Abou Khalil and in that of the four members of the American band Oregon.
The repertoires prepared by local musicians such as pianists Abe Rábade and Moisés P. Sánchez, and also the three members of the fabulous group MAP., will also talk to us of an immediate focus. The first has an unstoppable career; a musician with a curriculum and awards equal to the truthfulness of his performances. Meanwhile, Moisés will give a solo performance of pieces from his album “Soliloquio”, and the last three will also offer their first performance of new, unheard material, which, in a way, is a plus for this concert, taking into account that anything that occurs to Marcos Mezquida, Ernesto Aurignac and Ramón Prats, the members of M.A.P., is sure to be interesting and thought-provoking.
For its part, blues – which has in Spain, perhaps, an audience that is not too large but is very loyal – boasts its own space with a concert by the American Eric Bibb and the musician from Mali Habib Koité. Both musicians have a fresh album under their belt, “Brothers in Bamako”, the songs off which they will perform for us for the first time. Profuse Congolese rumba and music that, above all, shows that what we, in the West, consider blues was actually transported to American land over the centuries in the holds of slave ships.
So far, the content of the JAZZMADRID programme would be enough to make it priceless. Nonetheless, we have yet to inform you that the temperature will be rising on the Conde Duque stage with concerts by a couple of personalities for whom the specialist encyclopaedias and dictionaries reserve a special place: pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and guitarist Mike Stern. Continuously getting his decisions right over six decades of activity, Ibrahim exercises the prerogative of having entered the terrain of legends. Mike Stern, for his part, is the type of jazz player that has such mastery of his instrument that he adds a very eye-catching exhibition component to his music. At 62 years of age, he flaunts a rocker style: Pedro Calvo once said “he is almost like Jeff Beck’s little brother.
After a century in existence, with this programme, jazz shows it has a list of performers with very different ideas and highly defined musical attitudes. It is unprejudiced, fresh, fervently young, and ready to offer the liberating commitment that has always personified the principles of equal rights and opportunities assumed by those who live in a free society. And, from a different angle, the fact that the public can enjoy any of these concerts at any of these venues at reasonable prices as part of a local festival deserves a large round of applause and sincere gratitude. That is how a festival is consolidated, which is what the JAZZMADRID team is aiming to do.
Concha Hernández – Director of the Conde Duque Cultural Centre
Luis Martín – Artistic director of JAZZMADRID15
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